Karen Savoca to perform at Music at the Mission

| 08 May 2012 | 02:16

WEST MILFORD — Music at the Mission, in partnership with WFUV 90.7 Public Radio from Fordham University, is proud to present Karen Savoca in concert on Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m.

Born in northern New Jersey, the daughter of a big band singer, Karen Savoca's baby diary reads "20 months, knows 6 songs." She grew up singing, dancing and harmonizing around a piano, and by the age of five she was emceeing the school play.

Savoca puts her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role, charming audiences with a supple alto and a boundless range of expression. A gifted songwriter, she draws you into her world of humor and compassion, telling stories with grace and ease, as though you've been invited to her table for supper.

She first met Pete Heitzman at a jam session and immediately recognized him as an ideal musical partner. Described by an Alaskan reviewer as “the aurora borealis of guitar,” Heitzman’s transcendent playing is central to their sound. With a broad pallet of tones and textures, he paints ideal landscapes for Savoca's engaging songs. Years of leading an all-original, dance-driven band imbued the duo with the power of a larger group.

Savoca’s seventh solo release, Promise, was recorded in their 19th century church studio nestled deep in the hills of upstate New York. Promise is being lauded as her strongest collection of songs to date, hitting #1 on Alberta’s CKUA chart and #25 on the Euro/Americana Chart.

The reviews have been stellar. “There’s soul in the delicious grooves and phrasing, and soul in the broader spiritual sense that floats out in her lyrical vision." -Edmonton Journal

"Sparkling arrangements... joyous abandon ." -Dirty Linen

Music at the Mission is a non-profit, all volunteer run organization dedicated to presenting great live, local and affordable music through monthly concerts and open mic nights. Music at the Mission rents space at the West Milford Presbyterian Church at 1452 Union Valley Road in West Milford.

Tickets are available in advance for $22 at Harvest Moon Health Food Store, 22 Marshall Hill Road, West Milford, by calling 973-728-6300 or online at www.MusicattheMission.org. Tickets are also available at the door for $25